This Thursday the 26th of November brings us a Turkey Bowl with 3 games on Thanksgiving Day of which we have previously previewed the 1st 2 games and therefore we finish the 3 pack for Turkey Day with the 3rd and late game with rival NFC-South teams the 4-6 Bears of Chicago playing at the 7-3 Packers of Green Bay with the game being played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin and the kick-off is scheduled for 8:35 PM ET and seen on NBC TV.
For those that Bet on NFL football the betting odds on this game have the Packers favored at -9 -105 with the Over/under at 47 and -425 on the Money Line, while the Bears are the underdogs at +9 -115 and +340 on ML.
Yes NFL and football fans it’s Thanksgiving in the USA home of the NFL and feast of the day is a Turkey dinner, so as you enjoy the day with your family, enjoy and evening NFL game between these NFC-North rivals as this game is the last of the 3 game program in primetime TV with the Bears at the Packers.
This past Sunday the Bears winning streak of 2 games ended, but they still have a shot at playoff wildcard sport, and a win at Lambeau will not come easy. Meanwhile the Packers broke their losing streak with a win over the rival Vikings of Minnesota last Sunday.
The fans of the 4-6 Bears of Chicago realize their Coach Fox against his former team could not get the win, as they finished short in the game with the Broncos winning 17-15! They had a shot late in the 4th quarter to tie the game, but missed on the 2 point attempt after their scoring a TD, and that ended their winning streak of 2 games.
There RB J. Langford who in the previous week against the Rams rushed for 182 yards and 2 TD’s, but in that game with the Broncos he had some 13 carries for just 26 yards, but did score Bears only TD in that game, and the teams total rushing against the Broncos was only 88 yards. They have some good news, and that is that their star RB M. Forte will return of a knee injury and play in this game against the Packers, plus their WR A. Jeffery will return from an injury to his groin. They both are crucial players in the teams passing game that has been struggling with their absence.
In the game with the Broncos the Bears QB J. Cutler passed for 266 yards with no TD’s and gave up 2 crucial turnovers, 1 and interception and the other a lost fumble in the last quarter of the game. He certainly can use RB Forte and WR Jeffery to step up their offense. Fortunately of defense the Bears have played well and against the Broncos they sacked QB Osweiler on 5 occasions. That and on defense they have only allowed in their last 3 games their opponents to score no more than 20 points a game. Thus, their defense should be able to make things difficult for Packers QB A. Rodgers since they only have allowed opponents some 215 passing yards per game, and that ranks 4th in the NFL.
Certainly the Bears would prefer this game be played in Chicago land rather that Cheese Head territory since they have 6 of their last 7 games played in Green Bay, Wisconsin!
If you like the 7-3 Packers of Green Bay and are an avid Cheese Head fan you must be pleased with the teams win this past Sunday over the Vikings of Green Bay 30-13. That was a reason to party as the win broke the Packers 3 game losing streak, and at the same time it was the 1st home loss of 2015 and now the Packers are tied with the Vikings in the NFC North both at 7-3.
Another thing to be happy about for fans is that their RB E. Lacy had a comeback to top form as he had a season high rushing for 102 yards from 22 carries in the game, which takes pressure off QB Rodgers and their passing game. In that game against the Viking s QB Rodgers completed only 16 of his 34 attempts and a total of 212 yards passing for a mere 6.1 yard per each play through the air.
Most expect QB Rodgers to have a comeback game on Thanksgiving as in the last 3 games with the Bears he has thrown 13 TD’s without an interception, and that include their 1st game of the season when he had 3 TD’s in the game.
Defensively the team has also showed improvement since they had 6 sacks against Minnesota last week, and that after not getting a sack during their 3 game losing streaks.
The prediction for this game is that the Packers of Green Bay in their comeback to victory mode offensively prove to be too much for the Bears of Chicago and Green Bay wins the game easily 35-19 on Sunday evening!